Health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitos in Utah. But so far, no human cases have been reported. The virus has been found in mosquito pools in Box Elder and Uintah counties. Rebecca Ward with the Utah Department of Health says humans who contract the virus may not necessarily develop symptoms, but it can be very serious, particularly for those with compromised immune systems.
As West Nile virus spreads across the country, Utah health officials are advising residents to use bug repellant this holiday weekend. So far three cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Utah. Two were contracted out of state, but one was caught in Box Elder County. JoDee Baker is an epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health. She says West Nile has been detected in a number of mosquito pools around the state.